Published: Thursday, 13th April 2023
Scottish Borders Council is undertaking a statutory consultation in relation to the relocation of Galashiels Academy.
What is the consultation?
The consultation is required as part of the decision to relocate Galashiels Academy to a campus site within the existing school boundary and on a portion of the town’s Scott Park. The Council agreed to pursue this approach at a meeting of Council in May 2021.
It is being run in accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, which requires SBC by law to consult with the school community when a school is moved geographically.
The consultation will allow for members of the local community to feedback their views.
Planning permission for the construction of the state-of-the-art replacement school was granted last year and outlined the creation of a modern and flexible learning environment which will also provide versatile spaces for use by the wider community.
Enabling works for the new school commenced in February 2023 with main works construction scheduled to start later this year.
A variety of sporting facilities will also be included in the new build, featuring a swimming pool, 2G Hockey Pitch, 3G Rugby & Football Pitch, Grass Football Pitch, covered Tennis Courts and 100m Running track.
Externally, a significant re-imagining and expansion of Scott Park has been included, with the provision of new play park facilities, additional greenspace and improved connections with Gala Policies and Gala Hill woodland.
A public meeting will be held on Thursday 20 April 2023 at 6.30pm within Galashiels Academy to give the community an opportunity to make comments and provide feedback.
The consultation period will run until 12 May 2023.
Councillor Leagh Douglas, SBC’s Executive Member for Education & Lifelong Learning:
“Before the Council proceeds with the process to build a new campus it is important that the voices in the community are heard.
“This consultation is an opportunity to express your views and opinions and we would therefore ask all interested parties to provide their feedback and come along to the public meeting on 20 April.”
Following the consultation, an update will be provided to Councillors on the outcome of the statutory consultation in June.